1. Always go high-end
What should you look for? Real stems that bend, making them easier to arrange. Seek out natural colors, matte finishes and multiple blossoms and leaves. Maybe that orange hydrangea is catching your eye but orange hydrangeas don’t exist so those in the know will become suspicious. No black roses. No neon blue flowers. Bummer.
Dead giveaway that your plant is a total poser? When every petal, flower, leaf and stem looks perfect. Zero flaws. Real plants aren’t like that. They have issues. Just come to my house…you’ll see.
I like Hobby Lobby for silk flowers and places like HomeGoods, Kohl’s and Christmas Tree shops for faux plants in pots.
2.) Change with the seasons
Same rule applies to plants. Usher them in and out with the seasons. Shoot for silk daffodils, tulips and hyacinths in spring, sunflowers and daisies in summer, mums in the fall and poinsettias with a plethora of greenery bunches in winter. This is how to convince the masses. Daffodils in December? I don’t think so. Tulips? Nope. Forsythia stems showcased springtime in a big vase…..now you’re talking!!
And don’t hesitate to snip here and there. Just because your fake stems come in a bunch doesn’t mean you can’t separate them. Use wire cutters instead of your favorite scissors as it will ruin those favorite scissors.
3.) Repot “plants” but not with dirt
Fill those planters with foam and cover with rocks and Spanish moss, real or fake for a fabulous effect! You’ll be turning heads for sure. Pots with a sleek edge and the moss for a topping make the plant seem real and elegant.
4.) Choose wisely
Fake succulents and air plants in particular do an excellent job of passing themselves off as real. Succulents vary tremendously coming in every shape, color and texture imaginable that no one will know “for sure” whether your plants are the real deal or not.
And in the winter months consider sticking with green themed topiaries, centerpieces and swags not only for their holiday charm but ability to blend into any decorating style. Too many flowers in the winter months on faux plants leads to lots of suspicious guests!
5.) Put plants in places that get bright sunlight
But there’s something to say for strategically placing your faux plants in a sunny spot, just as you would a real, live plant. By placing them in spots where they would likely grow, you’re making us believe they are in fact….real. And why should we doubt it?
6.) Don’t mix real plants with fake plants
7.) Dust them here and there to keep it real
8.) Spiff up your walls with a faux green wall
The only drawback to a wall planter containing live plants is that you may not be able to strategically place it in a spot that receives plenty of real sunlight. And even if you do, where I live, grow lamps are still a must-have. We just don’t get enough bright light during the winter months. But since fake plants put up no such fuss, you are in luck.